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Decent United biz class award space to Australia this summer

by on Tue May 16, 2017 • 4 Comments


A ticket to Australia with miles in Business Class is really challenging to come by.

But if you’re willing to travel in June or July, and avoid the peak season, there are a handful of dates you can score seats in Business Class on United for just 70,000 miles each way.

Here’s award space on San Francisco – Sydney in June for 2 passengers. Dates with a dotted line have Business Class seats available, but be aware that not all dotted line dates will have space on the San Francisco – Sydney flight. Some indicate space on other routes, like Air China via Beijing for 80,000 miles (in Business Class) – 130,000 miles (in First Class), but many of the dates in June and July (for now) have space on the United nonstop.


And here’s Los Angeles – Melbourne, also in June.


United flies its 787 Dreamliner on both of these routes, and while they don’t feature United’s new Polaris seats, you will get seats that turn into a fully flat bed.

Unfortunately the Polaris lounge in LAX isn’t scheduled to open until later this year or 2018, and there are conflicting reports about whether the first phase of the Polaris lounge in San Francisco will be open by this summer.

But for 70,000 miles one way, it’s a great use of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and there’s not a lot to complain about.


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4 thoughts on Decent United biz class award space to Australia this summer

  1. Mika

    I’m looking to travel to Australia this summer and I don’t have alot of mile points accrued yet. I have about 6,000 with Chase and 21, 000 with Delta. Any suggestions for a flight?


      @Mika – Tough with a balance that low (unless you meant to type 60,000 with Chase, and not 6,000). If you have 60,000 with Chase 40,000 will get you a one way award in Economy by transferring to United.

      1. Mika

        I wish it was a typo..but after signing up with Chase Preferred I will readily received the 50,000 points to boost my miles ego..Probably next summer for our big trip I will be in a much better place for flights with miles. I’m still new to this..


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